Teen Scene Initiative
Teen Scene Initiative is a youth led project that seeks to research, design and build a unique physical and virtual space for young adults at local public libraries. Students will collaborate with library staff, peers, business owners, and other stakeholders to carve a safe space in local libraries dedicated to ensuring the positive intellectual, emotional, and social development for young adults.
Using a model created by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) volunteers will work alongside students through the strategic planning process of their space. Activities will include student surveys to obtain student space ideas, project budgeting, fundraising, and community engagement activities.
In an effort to provide a safe space for young adults, it is important that students have access to resources and services that promote both their educational and leisure needs. This includes furniture and technology that is not only modern and comfortable, but also welcoming and mimics those aspects of the youth's natural environment that they hold dear. Programming must also be relevant and support students' successful transition to adulthood. Such programming should include workshops on leadership, budgeting, resume building, applying for internships, tutorial services, and the like.
Expanding and strengthening library services for young adults better prepares an informed and resourceful public while also providing protective factors for youth after school in economically vulnerable communities.
Students will meet biweekly to organize the project and engage in on-site and field activities during the research and design phases. Once the space is developed and launched, students will have ongoing oversight of workshops in their space, including the initiation of a youth board to have students collectively decide youth agenda.